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Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:15

So Lou and I booked a babysitter so we could both do the same race last night (and we made the most of "date night" by going for a curry afterwards). Stratford Summer 6.  It was hot so felt like hard work but early on in the race I settled into 3rd place behind my clubmate and there I stayed.  Ran 39:48 so a nearly 4 minute PB (since my last 6 mile race in 2013) and won twenty quid for  3rd lady.    Didn't beat Lou though.  Made the mistake of ordering my curry too hot though.  

If 14 miles feels ok, Muddy, you're def on the way.  Especially with no drink and escapee gels in the heat.  

I def have a bit of a cba feeling at the moment. 

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Posted: 20/07/2016 at 22:10
Where'd everyone go? Too hot for much running!

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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 22:38

 yay!  Well done, DT!  

Race sounds good, Tommy.

We had our annual Interclub race this evening (4 local clubs).  Our club were hosting and as it happens our men's captain is a farmer and so we had it on the farm he works at.  So a 2 lap, 5 mile course all off road over farmland - lots of rutty, ankle breaking potential and some tough climbs that you had to do twice.  Fun and games.  I was third lady and our club won overall and the ladies team also won.  Men's team second. Tough though!   


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Posted: 10/07/2016 at 22:54

I managed to procure some vouchers today so might go and try some on.

Nice parkrunning, Charlie.  Have you got any more races in? 

Ran Northbrook 10k today which I'd expected to do quite well in.  Although it's really quite undulating the profile goes up and down to a peak at about 7k and then a fast downhill finish.  Having done it in 2013 and come in about a minute faster than at the Two Castles a month previous I fancied my changes for at least a PB.  Wasn't to be though.  Legs just didn't seem to have the power on the climbs that I needed.  Bit muggy.  Headwind on the downhill bits.  Just wasn't on today.  Came in around 42:03, quite far from where I wanted to be.  Finished 6th lady (3rd from my club though) but got the V35 prize and the team prize.  So some salvage.

 In a fit of impatience yesterday at Ikea I took the stairs (5 flights) rather than wait for the lift.  Maybe tired my legs?  And then hoiked a load of heavy flatpack around.  Certainly tweaked my back a bit so maybe that.  I dunno.  The HM training plan starts tomorrow though so that will be more of the focus and the races can just replace tempo runs.  

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Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:02

No, because I don't think they combine results as you have to be in the same race as someone to have "beaten" them.  But anyway I beat him once in an Interclub 10k race in 2013 when he was coming back from injury.  To be fair it's really rare we're ever in the same race!  I think Lou will go quite a lot faster when he hasn't got a cold.  Also I think he needs to go out a bit more aggressively to get out in a good position and then just hang on from there.  So my coaching will be the same as for XC - go out like an idiot, hang on and hope you don't die.  Because otherwise you'll get stuck. By the time it's really awful you've got less than a lap to go.   1500m again next month 

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Posted: 07/07/2016 at 13:53

They don't do DS racers in girl fit in this country for some reason.  Or I can't find them.  I might try the Inov-8's as I love those Roclite's I have.  

Lou - you sounded rubbish yesterday with your throat so I wouldn't read too much into it.  

Tommy- that race sounds tough so v sensible to not do a half the following day!  

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Posted: 07/07/2016 at 13:51

I won't be selling in 9 months I don't think, unless she develops a violent aversion to going in it as that would totally screw up my whole training routine and I reckon I can get away with pushing her in it until she starts school.  Ours is an Out'n'about Nipper Sport, quite reasonably priced (about £200)and sturdy and light.  Been great although a bit prone to punctures until I put slime in the tyres.  Oh and the brake has stopped working which is ok as long as I don't leave her parked on a hill.  It's probably done about 1500 miles now?

If money was no object I'd be tempted to get the Bugaboo running buggy. More like £5-600.

There are some other options and reviews here:


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Posted: 07/07/2016 at 12:00

If you are more of a forefoot striker then does the heel drop make any difference considering you're not landing on it in the first place?  I think I'm less of a heel striker than I used to be but still sometimes do (probably when tired) as have seen it in photos.  I don't think I heel strike in spikes which have NO cushioning at all but no calf issues either.   I really want to try some racing shoes but I'm a bit scared for some reason.  

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Posted: 06/07/2016 at 23:05
Mad we - was sorry to hear your crappy news by the way. Hope things are sorted soon and you can get some contract work stuff coming in. Will you get a decent settlement?

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Posted: 06/07/2016 at 23:02
That 10k sounds v positive, Skinny.

Well done on second place in deck shoes, DT. Did you use your Garmin though?

Charlie - I don't know much about racing shoes. I use Adics Gel DS trainers for races 10k or less. Any more and they give me blisters. For long races I just wear my normal trainers. I have been thinking I'd like some proper light ones as I love my spikes for XC and track. I do need some support though do not got round to finding the perfect shoe yet though.

Tonight was another episode in Warwickshire AA's open meetings. This time I elected to do 800m as there was no 1500 and I was feeling too lazy to do 3k. I put down 2.35 as wanted to try and be in a different heat to Lou due to childcare considerations. So I ended up in the second race in lane 3. Lining up between an old guy and a 12 year old girl, tensions were high. The gun went and we were off. Cognisant if not getting boxed in I made good use of my elbows and settled into second place behind the old guy, tucking behind him at what frankly felt like suicide pace.
At about 350m I thought I might as well properly kill myself and made my move, overtaking him and promptly crossing the line to register 71 seconds for the first lap. After that the next 400 seemed like a ridiculously long way but now leading the race I just kept running although I'd slowed quite s bit. With 200 to go I thought I'd better pull the trigger and chased down the line with some semblance of sprinting. Crossed the line in 2.32.45, having run a 9 second positive split. Haha. Will have to have another go. Think I needed someone to chase in the last lap to stop me from feeling sorry for myself and slowing down. Pleased with the time but think I could knock a few seconds off with better pacing and someone to chase. Fun but literally took me ten minutes to stop gasping like a fish afterwards.
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